West Ham United are one of a number of clubs that are interested in signing AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini who is out of contract at the end of the season.

The 35 year old began his career as Cesana but has spent 18 years playing his trade at Milan and it was largely expected that he would call time on his playing career when he walked away from the club.

However, it seems he could now be interested in extending his playing career in the Premier League where there is said to be interest from West Ham.

Massimo Ambrosini
Massimo Ambrosini is considering leaving AC Milan after 18 years at the club. [Reuters]

The agent of the former Italy international has stated that there is genuine interest from the east London club but made it clear the midfielder would first meet with officials from AC Milan.

"There is interest from West Ham and it's a real interest, like that of other English, German and American teams, although there have not been concrete contacts," Moreno Roggi told Sky Sports.

"But, like every year, the first thing Massimo will do at the end of the season is speak with Adriano Galliani (AC Milan CEO)."

With West Ham assured of safety it is assumed that manager Sam Allardyce will be looking to further strengthen his squad over the summer. Chairman David Sullivan confirmed that he would be backed with funds and that he expected "four or five" new players to arrive.

Amborisni would certainly offer a wealth of experience having played at the very highest level for close to two decades, winning four league titles and the Champions League on two occasions.

Allardyce has traditionally managed to get the most out of players coming towards the end of their careers, with the likes of Youri Djorkaeff, Ivan Campo and Jay-Jay Okocha all impressing when they linked up with the current Hammers boss at Bolton Wanderers.

The Italian would be available on a free transfer but it may well depend on which other clubs show an interest as there is bound to be plenty of competition for such an experienced player.